The USA U-20 Men's National Team has been drawn into Group F at the forthcoming 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, alongside Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal.
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Thanks to their status as CONCACAF Champions heading into the tournament, the USA were awarded one of the top seeds in the competition and thereby ducked some of the better-reputed teams in the draw for the Group Stage. But performances at the U-20 World Cup can be difficult to predict: the winner of the 2015 edition of the tournament, Serbia, was a losing semifinalist in the 2014 UEFA European U-19 Championship, for example.
But the USA knows the teams it will have to get past to qualify for the knockout rounds of this year's U-20 World Cup at least. The tournament - hosted by South Korea - starts for the young Americans on May 22 when they will play Ecuador in Incheon. New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams is one of the players currently favored to make the USA's U-20 World Cup squad, thanks to an impressive performance at the CONCACAF Championship.